At SBC SoLA Gallery
3718 West Slauson Ave, LA, CA 90043
July 8 – August 5, 2017
Opening: July 8, 4-6
The following nine Selected artists have been awarded another show together at SoLA Gallery in 2018 as well as representation on SBC sales gallery for the duration of the show: Sandy Abrams, Ellen Cantor, Michael Falzone, Shelley Heffler, Stefanie Nafe, Jay Reed, Daniela Schweitzer, Carl Shubs, and Serena Stevens.
SBC has invited artists throughout Los Angeles to submit their most recent art in all media to a selection process. This process, involves two curators, Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, who will select the art-work they agree makes a strong impact and best represents current ideas and trends in Contemporary Art.
Participating Artists in Fresh (cont.)
Catherine Bennaton, Charles Bragg, Suzanne Budd, Juliana Bustillo, Ellen Cantor, Kate Carvellas, Sapira Cheuk, Michael Falzone, Astrid Francis, Pat Gainor, Sylvia Greer, David Hennage, John Hogan, Velda Ishizaki, Veda B Kaya, Gena Keith, Sandra E. Lauterbach, Sonny Lipps, Gina M, Lawrence Manning, Truman Marquez, Barbara Nathanson, Lucas Novak, Kathy Patman, Linda Sue Price, Peggy Reavey, Jay Reed, Alain Rogier, Karrie Ross, Linda Jo Russell, Daniela Schweitzer, Carl Shubs, Laurie Katz Yehia
Juror’s Statement written by Peter Frank:
For working curators, jurying a show is not simply a vacation from the rigors of organizing a curated presentation. Juried shows have to be coherent in their own way. If the submissions are all over the map, some sense has to be made out of them. If what comes in has any sort of sameness to it, variety must be found among the similarities. And if there is an inherently good balance to the submissions, that balance has to be consciously carried through to the show itself. In other words, jurors must neither stand in the way of the art that comes in nor fail to guide that art to its maximum potential, singly and as a group.
Curators also have to acknowledge that different venues require – subtly but firmly – different artworks. Small spaces cannot accommodate large installations; huge spaces swallow tiny objects. Such obvious concerns must be taken into consideration. So must the aesthetic and social tendencies of a hosting space: a hotbed of experimentation is not the optimum container for an old-master-style still life. And many more subtle factors must be brought to bear as well. Artists cannot be expected to make such considerations, even when the call to submission gives specifications; it is not their job to self-curate. Ultimately, it is up to the jurors, in concert with those who manage the host space, to present the art to its maximum effect – and to maintain the character of the space even beyond considerations of pure quality.
In selecting from a sophisticated group of submissions, works in so many media coming from so many corners of the country and even the world, we tried to keep both the above principles in mind. The participants in FRESH 2017 were selected entirely on the merits of the submitted work. From that array, we determined a special selection of artists, three drawn from each of three categories (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photography), that would work especially well in the new SoLA space. Accordingly, after being left to our own devices in choosing the original (two-part) FRESH show, we made the second determination with the guidance of those who operate SoLA and SBC day in and day out. The first show, then, was a competition. The second is an invitational. Meanwhile, the work of all FRESH 2017 artists will be featured on the gallery’s website, turning the site into a gallery without walls and reaffirming SoLA/SBC’s commitment to the working artist.